Published on Suite101 is today’s article regarding Brazilian Blowout. The popular hair straightening treatment was banned from entering Canada back in October 2010 and has now been warned by the FDA to re-label it’s product and disclose all ingredients found within.
From Suite101: FDA Warns Brazilian Blowout
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has issued a letter of warning to the makers of Brazilian Blowout, surrounding their use of formaldehyde as a ingredient. The popular hair-straightening solution is used in salons and is currently labeled as “formaldehyde-free” and states that it “contains no formaldehyde.”
Brazilian Blowout Hair Straightening Procedure Dangers
In 2010, Brazilian Blowout was all over the news when salon works and customers began complaining to the Health Canada that they were experiencing illness when using the product. Investigations by Health Canada revealed that the popular hair straightening product contained unacceptable levels of formaldehyde.
Due to the dangers of formaldehyde, FDA guidelines only allow formaldehyde levels to be 0.2 percent. When tested by Health Canada, the levels were 8.4 percent, 42 times the acceptable limit. Formaldehyde is often used in cosmetics as a preservative. It causes irritation to the skin, eyes, lungs and nose and is also linked to causing cancer.